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Shakespeare’s Hamlet is seen as a psychological play and thus leads to many interpretations of the character Hamlet himself. With these interruptions audiences are able to make the distinction of whether they can identify with Hamlet or lack the evidence to understand his character. Though the play centers on Hamlet’s never-ending struggle to avenge his father and redeem himself as a soon, it is not a far leap to see that audience member would be pushed from the character more than drawn to. As a character, Hamlet is compared to many foils throughout the play that suggest his shortcomings and unconfirmed behavior. Audience members also lack the knowledge to fully discern Hamlet’s psychological help, as is implied within the first few acts of the play.
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Sanity: Boundaries of the Mind The mind is a beautiful thing. The boundaries that someone can extend their rationality is different in each and every person. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the balance of sanity and madness is tested. Hamlet’s way of thinking is changed, but in a way that his personality is only a front. By looking at the different events that Hamlet overcame, we can observe the passion for acting that many readers do not come across; knowing the importance of acting is imperative when questioning Hamlet’s sanity, since he is only acting insane, and is rational and in control of himself throughout the play.
Hamlet's Wit We remember Shakespeare's characters largely because of their enormously complex personalities. Hamlet, with his inner conflicts, indecision, wit, and passive-aggressive behavior, is one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters. Yet so much attention has been given to Hamlet's inner conflict-whether or not he should kill his uncle-that a large piece of his personality is easy to overlook. Hamlet's wit strikes out at the audience in several different scenes throughout the play and not only gives the reader greater insight into Hamlet's deepest feelings, but greater insight into the play itself. In Hamlet's first few lines of the play he expresses his deepest feelings through his wit.
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Fate and Fortune, and Providence in all her ambiguity are all sometimes seemingly bound to the actions of man and other times they are inescapable. At the start of the play, Horatio and his companions, Bernardo and Marcellus, witness the sudden and frightening apparition of Hamlet’s deceased father, former king of Denmark. The three friends are “[harrowed] with fear and wonder” as they encounter the ghost and Horatio is convinced to attempt conversation it (Shakespeare, I. I. pg. 2). Before engaging the ghost, Horatio recalls the time before “the mightiest Julius fell” when “the graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead / Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets.” (Shakespeare, I. I. pg.
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